Disney Cars Birthday party is an awesome theme for a child's birthday party because there are so many fun action-packed options.
Great kids birthday parties take a bit of planning and on this page you will find everything you need for a fantastic Disney Cars birthday party, from invitations to party favors and everything in between. Pick and choose the things you (and your child) like most to make your own unique party experience. For help getting organized, visit the "Party Checklist" page.
Kids love the Disney Cars movies, especially the Cars characters including Lightning McQueen and Mater. If you (and your child) have decided on a Cars character theme, the next thing to decide is where to have the party.
The perfect place for a Disney Cars birthday party is anywhere! While outdoors gives children a little more space to run around, indoors parties are just as fun. Whether it's your backyard (or someone else's), a park or anywhere where your guests can run around (International Speedway here we come!), most places work with a little planning. Outside is not the only option. There are lots of great places to have an awesome birthday party including your living room (See indoor car wash idea below).
Remember, it's not so much where you have the party but what you do at the party that counts. But before we go any further, you should have a place in mind. Here's is a list of places where you can have a great children's party.
Once you have the theme and venue, decide on a time frame for the party. About 2 hours is more than enough time for young guests.
Decide how many guests you will be inviting. Try to keep the list short for the little ones. The general rule of thumb is invite one child for every year of the birthday child + 2. So if your child is turning 5 then try to keep the guest list at 7.
Imagine the delight when your young guests receive their "super cool" Disney Cars birthday party invitations and find out they are going to race like Lightning McQueen! Start your child's birthday party excitement with a cool and creative invitation (and by creative I don't mean expensive).
FREE Printable Cars Birthday Invitations
Disney Cars Birthday Party Invitation Idea No. 1
Find your child's favorite Cars character picture online (like picture above) and print on white card-stock paper, cut and turn it into your Disney Cars birthday party invitation. Write the party information on the back and place in envelope with some stickers.
Disney Cars Birthday Party Invitation Idea No.2
You can make these FREE custom *VIP* ticket invitations in under 5 minutes!
actual size is 1 1/2 times larger (7" x 2 1/4")
Make your own Lightning McQueen birthday invitations for FREE! These Disney Cars birthday party ticket invitations are "super" easy and fast to make. You can customize these free printable birthday invitations online. We made these in under 5 minutes from start to finish. At Printwithmypic.com all you do is pick your favorite ticket style, upload your picture, type your party information and print.
To start making your own personalized Cars ticket invitations click here.
Below are 4 different styles of Disney Cars birthday party DIY ticket invitations. All were done using the website above, for free.
Disney Cars Birthday Party Invitation Idea No.3
These Disney Cars birthday party invitations are a definite favorite! And the beauty is that YOU can create it yourself.
There are many software programs where you can make this invitation, including "Pages", if you have a Mac computer. But don't worry, you don't need anything fancy to make these awesome invitations. Pic Monkey is a new website where you can create just about anything (with ZERO experience) and it's what I used to make the invitation above. Upload any picture and play around with it for a little while and you will get the hang of it.
Here's 2 other cars invitations done using the same method as above so you can set the tone for a great birthday kids party.
Want to have a great kids birthday party?
Have your guests feel like VIP's at your party by turning the same invitation above into a Disney cars VIP Pit Pass invitation by punching a hole, laminating invitation and placing a lanyard or ribbon.
How about a License Plate Invitation?
Make these right on your computer using "license plate" font. If you don't have it (I didn't), download the font for free here
The possibilities are endless!
Have fun creating a unique and personalized invitation for your child's special day!
It's easy to make your own invitation envelopes for your Disney Cars birthday party like the one above. This is a great project to do with your child and gives them an opportunity to be involved in the planning (not to mention what it does for their self-esteem).
Your Cars ticket invitations will fit with ample room in a regular white letter sized (No. 10, 4 1/4 x 9 1/2) envelope. Add Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater or your child's favorite Cars character by either printing it on your envelope as we did above or using Disney Cars stickers. Let your child use his/her imagination to draw a road (gray Sharpie marker) or anything else they may envision to give their invitations that personal feel. Add a Cars character stamp for added fun. The stamps come in a variety of characters from the Cars movie so there are lots to choose from and you can buy them here http://www.zazzle.com/disney+cars+stamps.
Look at these beautiful free printable invitations from Disney. Start your Disney Cars Birthday Party off right. Each sheet comes with all 4 Cars characters, they are perfect! Just print and they are ready to send (or give out) in minutes! You can find these super cool Disney Cars invitations at http://a.family.go.com/images/cms/disney/PDFs/cars-party-invitations-printable-1211.pdf.
Purchase ready-made invitations for your Disney Cars birthday party at your local party store. These usually come in a pack including envelopes and costs about $3 to $4 for a pack of 8.
If you want more personalized birthday invitations for your Disney Cars birthday party and don't have the time to do them yourself, there are many online companies that make custom invitations. Check these out:
***New Cars Invitations***
Look how beautiful this Disney Cars birthday party invitation above is. These new evite invitations from Spoonful are easy and done in minutes. Sometimes emailing invitations are the easiest way to communicate with the parents of the guests. All you need to get started is the picture you want to use and you are ready to start. Filling out the party information takes a minute and you're done designing your own custom made invitation. You also have the option of printing the party invitations.
The email invitation above was made using Smilebox. This is not a Disney Cars birthday invitation but it's good for car parties. For more resources on emailing kids party invitations, check out the websites below:
If you are looking for something different, something unique, below are 4 creative ideas for "extra cool" invitations for your Disney Cars birthday party.
This Disney Lightning McQueen car and Disney Tow Mater truck are actually 3D free printable crafts from Disney, which you can turn into invitations. Simply print, cut out, glue and leave the hood open (for the car). Then write your birthday information and slip it inside (like a secret message) and fold hood back down. This is definitely a WOW invitation!
The Lightning McQueen car craft is much easier to assemble and has a lot less parts, so unless your child's heart is set on Tow Mater, I would stick with Lightning McQueen.
Note: The bottom of the Lightning McQueen car has a space that you can either insert an invitation or use as a party favor by filling it with treats. The Tow Mater truck has 3 open spaces on the bottom. Fill the spaces with treats and then close by gluing with a strip of paper (can use brown grocery bag paper).
This can also be a craft for a party, however, due to the length of time it takes to cut out and glue, this may not work for a large number of guests or for little ones.
You can print Disney's Lightning McQueen craft here:
Print Disney's Tow Mater paper-craft truck here:
How cool are these FREE Disney Cars Birthday Party lanyard invitations? The best part is they are HOMEMADE!! And YOU can make them too!
Laminate your invitation and use lanyards or ribbons to add to invitations.
Don't have time to make Disney Cars Birthday Party invitations?
Then print our Cars invitations on card stock paper (4 invites per sheet)
Car 2 Party Invitations
Don't want your guests (or their parents) to lose your invitation?
These MAGNETIC photo invitations (picture above) from MagneticMessnger.com are great. The cost for 20 custom magnet birthday invitations is about $30, click HERE to visit them.
Here are some "theme related" words and phrases to help you write your Disney Cars birthday party invitations.
Use the car racing starting green flag for your party starting time.
Use the car racing finishing checkered flag for your party finish time.
If you're looking for fun, Cars themed fonts then read on. Look at the cool kids fonts below, all with a race car theme or Disney theme.
What's the best part about these fonts?
Just download and use. Make personalized birthday invitations and party labels for:
Once downloaded, you can customize the fonts by changing the size, color, boldness and direction.
Great kids birthday parties don't have to be expensive but they do need an element of "cool". Here's an idea that's easy, fast and best of all, FREE. You don't need special software to turn regular text into the coolest fonts. This font generator is all you need to add "Wow!" to your next birthday party. Use it for invitations, party labels, party favor stickers and lot's more.
Below is a quick example of the name "Kevin" using the same style but changing some of the other options. Isn't this cool? This would look great on a Disney Cars birthday party invitation.
Great kids birthday parties have games and activities for guests to enjoy. Here are some fun-packed ideas that will keep your guests having a great time!
Get ready, set......WAIT!!
Every racer needs a driver license
Choose from the 2 styles below
Print driver licenses on card stock paper for a more authentic look. Download Lightning McQueen Driver License template HERE.
Write in your State in the top rectangle and either put the child's picture (maybe from the school yearbook) or a Disney Cars image. Give each guest their own driver license as they arrive.
Give them an I.D. number just for fun or to use for a later game (i.e. you can call out their I.D. numbers and they each get a turn placing a car part on a Lightning McQueen cutout-see games below).
Have an adult fill out their "driver license" or they can fill it out, depending on the ages of your guests.
One of the easiest, most comfortable and safest way to make these licenses is to print the entire sheet on sticker paper ( the one where the entire sheet is a sticker- 8 1/2 x 11inches, 21.6cm x 28cm), then as guests arrive and fill out their license, you just need to cut off that license and peel sticker off paper and give to child to stick wherever they want.
You can print the sheet of kids drivers licenses (8 licenses per sheet) on card stock, cut them out and have guest fill out as they arrive.
You can then:
Any one you choose will be lots of fun at your next Disney Cars birthday party.
Sample Driver License
What's a party without games? We have lots of different fun-filled games for all ages. Look at all our cool party games and choose your child's favorite games for your Disney Cars birthday party.
Note: Due to the growing amount of games and activities on this page, we have had to move Disney Cars Games to a separate page.
Want to see lots more Cars games?
Click image above for details on this fun Disney Cars Scavenger Hunt Party Game.
Kids love to color and display their artwork. This is a great activity for kids birthday parties. Have your guests color their favorite Disney Cars character and hang on a line with clothespins. To make the line, simply hang a string from one area of the party to another area. Displaying their coloring pages makes a great banner and serves as a decoration and something to take home after the party.
Find sources for FREE Disney Cars Coloring Pages HERE.
Kids Word Search
Kids word searches are a fun activity for children, especially if the word search is a party themed word search. This is a great Disney Cars birthday party activity which is a fun ice breaker at the beginning of a party while you're waiting for your other guests to arrive.
Below is a Lightning McQueen's Word Search which is ready to print and use. Click on the image or the link below it to print.
However, if you have a little extra time (and by little I mean about 2 more minutes) you can make your own personalized word search. I did this for birthday parties and classroom parties when my girls were little and the children got a kick out of seeing their names on the word search.
What's great about making your own kids party word search is that you can customize your it in various ways.
You can choose the following:
This entire process of making your own personalized kids word search for your next birthday party really does only take a few minutes to make.
Disney Cars Printable Board Game
Want to have this cool ready-to-go board game at your next Disney Cars Birthday party?
Kids love to play board games, especially when they are easy and familiar. This Cars themed printable game is perfect to keep children entertained while your other guests arrive.
How to play:
This cool printable board game can be colored online or printed in black and white and then colored by the children. Coloring this board online is a great project to do with your child. Let them experiment and "paint" the squares with different colors. It's a lot of fun!
Or, use it as a table "runner" by placing 1/2 boards side-by-side along the center of the children's table like the picture above. You also have the option of changing the background. The one above has a black background, but there are lots of colors to choose from.
To make a cool board game table runner, print one like the one above, then print the same board game with a yellow background and another with a red background. Tape together side by side and place along the center of the table. Perfect for your next Disney Cars party.
If you're running short on time, you can print our ready-to-go colored board game HERE.
Note: This board game comes in 2 parts, so you will be printing the "top" half and then the "bottom" half.
Race Car Printable Maze
Here's a great activity for little ones at your Disney Cars birthday party. Set out some crayons in a shallow plastic or cardboard tray and have the children color the triangles to the finish line. Click on image for download.
Note: Remember to give the children instructions to color the triangles to the finish line.
Kids love to sing along to their favorite tunes and these Disney Cars songs really put "FUN" into any party. To see the list and hear samples of songs from both movies plus Lightning McQueen Fast Tracks and Mater's Car Tunes, visit our Cars Movie Soundtrack page.
WOW! Look at this beautiful Disney Cars birthday party table setting! I know what you're thinking - that's a lot of work.......that's a lot of time......and most importantly.......that's a lot of money.
Well don't feel intimidated! This Cars table setting was done by Treasures and Tiaras, a company dedicated to decorating beautiful parties.
Use these pictures above as inspiration for ideas for your child's birthday party. Great kids birthday parties don't have to cost a fortune. Save money by purchasing solid color tablecloths, balloons, and napkins. And remember that party supplies such as balloons go a long way as part of your decorations.
LOOK at the balloon decoration below
This balloon decoration (those are my girls) was easily done and inexpensive. We used the following:
The hardest part of this decoration is being on the floor taping the strings to the floor, but we took turns and finished in no time at all.
Below is a picture from a distance so you can see the effect. We were working on the last top row when I took this picture.
Look at this beautiful table setting for a Disney Cars 2 birthday party done by Treasures and Tiaras. Notice the bright color scheme, it sets the stage for what you know is going to be a great party.
If you look at the photos of the Disney Cars birthday party shown above, you'll notice that a Lightning McQueen party pinata was actually used as the table centerpiece. Using a large item like a piñata will help carry the Cars theme through in a big way.
You'll be able to spot a good number of ways to cut costs while still carrying your Cars theme out loud and strong. You can easily tell that it is a Disney Cars party theme but did you notice how a lot of the decorations and paper goods including the plates, cups, tablecloths, table runner, balloons, bunting, party favor boxes and chair decorations are generic solid colors?
Yet, you can still see that it's a Disney Cars birthday party. Solid color supplies are less expensive (and found at dollar stores) than the themed supplies and with the right combination you can make a beautiful and fun table setting.
The Lightning McQueen car sitting on the plate in the picture above is the Disney Cars paper craft we showed you above in "unique Disney Cars Invitations" and it can double as a party favor by putting treats inside.
Buy used tires for about $2.00 (make sure to clean tires thoroughly before using). Inflatable tires are also an option and can be used for decorations and/or games.
These colorful fun inflatable tires above add fun to any Disney Cars birthday party. Use them to decorate, play games and/or give out as party favors. These tires are 21 inches in diameter.
Prefer Black and White?
This inflatable black and white tire above measures 36 inches (91.4 cm). Click on Amazon button above for additional details.
Look at this beautiful Disney Cars birthday party table setting by Treasures and Tiaras. They've done a party-themed table that is inviting yet simple. Notice that the only character items are the plates, cups and juice boxes. This Cars party table is fun without being cluttered or busy. Any child would love to be part of this party.
This is the Luigi's Flying Tires ride in California's Disneyland. Carsland is the newest expansion at the Disneyland Resort and features the Cars theme throughout.
Notice the wall in the background with the hubcaps. You can recreate this look for your party for practically nothing. We made the paper plate hubcaps below in minutes.
Make about 10 hubcaps or so and you can use them as a backdrop for your cake table or around the party area. These are easy to make and add to your Disney Cars birthday party decorations. To see how to make them visit our Disney Cars Crafts Page HERE.
If your feeling crafty, these colored hubcap flowers below would definitely brighten any child's birthday party and go perfectly with a Cars theme. Paint them with the Disney Cars theme colors (red, yellow, black) or blue or green. Use the Disney Cars characters for inspiration, like Fillmore's turquoise-green or Dinoco blue. If your child is more of a Cars 2 fan, then Francesco Bernoulli's Italian colors of red, white and green would be a great idea.
Oh Wow! There are SO many different and creative ways to decorate with a Disney Cars themed party, that it's wise to plan ahead before you begin buying party supplies. Read our "Party Checklist" page to plan your birthday without stress. Then print our FREE "Party Supply List" to help you stay organized and on track. Use the "Other" on each section of the list for specialty items, like checkered flags for example.
Remember to coordinate with solid colored items for that professional look while keeing cost down (see above picture). Everything doesn't have to have the character on it. Visit our Disney Cars Party Supplies Page for a complete list of Disney Cars party supplies, including decorations and part=[ware. There is also a great selection of toys, games, books and gifts.
Look at this Tow Mater Cake
This is a real cake with working headlights! Very clever.
Too bad Lightning McQueen doesn't have headlights, this is a great effect on any cake. Still this would be a fun cake for any Disney Cars birthday party.
Wow! Cakes have come a long way and I am always amazed at the creativity. Our Disney Cars photo gallery includes all types of birthday cakes. Whether you are looking for sheet cakes, 4-Tier creations, scenery cakes, "pull-apart" cupcake cakes or even cakes with working headlights (yes, that's right), you will find lots of ideas in our gallery that we hope will inspire you. Go to Disney Cars Cake Photo Gallery Page
Want to see LOTS MORE awesome and unique Cake Ideas? Visit our Pinterest Disney Cars Party. You'll be amazed at all the great cake ideas and kids birthday party ideas.
Watch this video where she uses 1 sheet of cake to make the car, then puts buttercream icing, then the fondant icing on top. The hardest part is making sure you cut the pieces of cake into the right shape but just follow the video and you can do it.
My daughters like to make fondant cakes and it is easy to work with. The tricky part is transferring the fondant from your workplace to the cake. Watch how she uses her rolling pin to transfer fondant, making sure to place fondant in the middle of cake.
This is a great time to get your child involved. Have them help you make the cake. Not only do you get to spend quality time together but imagine your child's sense of pride when he(she) tells his(her) friends that he(she) made the cake!
Have fun and send us your pictures so we can share with our visitors.
Cars Party Food
Think about the kind of party you want to have (sit-down, buffet, kids meal pre-made boxes) and the ages of your guests. For little ones, finger food is the easiest or you can have easy lunch meals. Below are some kids birthday party food ideas.
Hot Dog Race Car - Hot dog, carrots, grape tomato and a little dip. I would substitute the toothpicks for skinny pretzel sticks (safer for little ones) or thin carrot sticks. Open the holes with a toothpick, then insert pretzel/carrot stick.
Race Car Sandwiches - These sandwiches are perfect for a Disney Cars party theme and easy to make. You can substitute the toothpicks with pretzel/carrot sticks (safer for little ones).
Race Car Family Sandwiches
It's amazing how putting some buns and hot dogs together in just the right way will equal race car family sandwiches. That is creativity!
Mini Race Car Sandwiches - Race on over to these fun edible cars.
Traffic Light Sandwiches - Everyone will be making a pit stop at your food table with these cool sandwiches. Make with cheese, turkey or cream cheese and fill the lights with colorful veggies. Yummy and healthy!
Cheese Cubes - Assortment of cheeses. Add checkered flag toothpicks to go with the theme.
Race Car Fruit Salad - For directions on how to make, visit
Strawberry Race Car - Adorable strawberry and blueberry fruit car.
Fruit Race Cars - Apples and grapes make this a healthy snack.
Watermelon Race Car - Click on picture for recipe and directions.
Lightning McQueen Cupcakes - These cute cars cupcakes are easy to make, using M & M's for the tires and headlights.
Tire Donuts - This one couldn't be easier. Place mini donuts on a chopstick or skewer and pile rest of donuts around skewer. Done!
Tip: Secure the skewer to the plate using tape.
Disney Cars Cupcakes - Buy or make these red-icing cupcakes, place cars cupcake toppers and sprinkle with confetti sprinkles.
Unique kids party favors for every budget. Whether you want DIY party favors or pre-filled kids favors, we have creative kids party favor ideas to match your theme. Click HERE for Disney Cars Party Favors.
What was the best kids' party you've ever been to? Was it the decorations, the games & activities, great party favors? Tell us what was it about the party that made it so special.